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Breathlessness - positions to ease symptoms

There are certain positions which may ease your symptoms of breathlessness. This page explains what these are with useful diagrams to demonstrate them.


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Click on each of the images below for a larger diagram.

Diagram demonstrating high side lying to ease symptoms of breathlessness

Position 1

High side lying – rolled slightly forward

A pillow between your knees may make you more comfortable

 

 

Diagram demonstrating sitting at a table to ease symptoms of breathlessness

Position 2

Sitting at a table

Lean forward with your chest and head supported

 

 

Diagram demonstrating sitting leaning forward to ease symptoms of breathlessnessPosition 3

Sitting leaning forward

Relax your arms on your thighs

 

 

Diagram demonstrating sitting back to ease symptoms of breathlessness

Position 4

Sitting back

Relax your arms

 

 

 

Diagram demonstrating standing leaning forward to ease symptoms of breathlessness

Position 5

Standing leaning forward against a support

 

 

 

Diagram demonstrating standing leaning back against a wall to ease symptoms of breathlessness

Position 6

Standing leaning back, against a wall, with your feet slightly apart and away from the wall

 

 

 

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